Sabudana khichdi – is an traditional Indian dish made using tapioca pearls (sago). A popular breakfast recipe that is made during Vrats and also on regular days. It is super simple, quick, gluten free, vegan and extremely delicious. Here is how to make best Sabudana Khichdi recipe at home
Sabudana khichdi is thoroughly enjoyed across the country specifically during festivals and fast or vrat in Shivratri or Navratri season. But, we can devour this sabudana recipe on regular days as well.
However it does require a preparation and few important tipsto master if you want make best sabudana khichdi recipe at home.
Sabudana is basically the starch extracted from tapioca roots, a popular ingredient to add in Indian dishes. It called as Tapioca Pearls or Sago in English. . There are number of recipes like sweet sago pudding (sabudana kheer), sabudana vada, cutlets, thalipeeth and many more.
Sabudana Khichdi Ingredients
Sabudana khichdi, as you see below, is basically flavoured with peanuts, chilies, cumin seeds and curry leaves (this can be optional).
Furthermore, the addition of potatoes is also an important ingredient giving nice base to the khichdi
I usually enjoy the sabudana khichadi with coconut chutney or dahi raita, either as a snack or even as a main meal.
Important Tips to Make Sabudana Khichdi Recipe
First and foremost, always, wash sabudana either under running water or at least 3-4 times to get off the most of the starch from it.
One of the most crucial point here is the soaking of sabudana with right amount of water. Number of dear people struggle to get the right consitency of pearls to make khichdi turning it into sticky clump.
The amount of water that worked for me always to soak them is adding an 1 & 1/4 cup of water to 1 cup of sabudana. So whatever number of cup measure of sabudana you are taking, same measure cups of water plus 1/4 cup of extra water works very well for sabudana ki khichdi.
Another key point to make sago khichdi is, ALWAYS soak sabudana overnight, for best results. After soaking it overnight, always drain the extra water, if any left, by transfering it into a colander for few minutes.
You can check, if they are ready to cook, by taking a pearl and pressing it between the fingers. It should be soft and mashed.
Lastly, always AVOID cooking sabudane for longer period of time while making sabudana khichdi recipe. This is the another main reason to make the khichdi sticky.
I NEVER cooked khichdi beyond 4 minutes on medium to low flame after adding sabudana into the pan. So, 4-5 minutes is the max, time may vary a bit if you are cooking the sabudana in larger amount.
Variations in Sabudana Khichdi Recipe
Apart from aloo, you can add you choice of vegetables like chopped carrots, peas, cauliflower, corn, onions etc to make vegetable sabudana khichdi recipe
You can add spices powders, tomatoes and increase the amount of chilies if you wish to make spicy sabudana khichdi masala.
Another variation I love, is adding fresh methi leaves with spices to make methi sabuadana khichdi. If you are not on fast, then do add little onions and garlic tadka before adding potatoes and try, I am sure you will love it.
How to make sabudana khichdi recipe step by step
preparation of sabudana khichdi
To begin with, first, wash the sago pearls for 3-4 times until water runs clear. You can wash them in a colander under running water to make if free of most of the starch in it. Then, soak the sabudana pearls in 1 & 1/4 cup of water overnight (photo 1)
Now, once the sabudana is soaked well, you will see hardly any water left behind. But, I would still urge you transfer it into a colander to get rid of water if any (photo 2) ImportantTip : You can take a pearl in between the two fingers and check if it is soft and mashes well, it is ready to cook.
Then, add crushed peanut into the sabudana (photo 3)
Gently mix them well and set it aside (photo 4)
to cook sabudana khichdi recipe
Now, heat oil in a pan or kadhai, once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and fry for few seconds (photo 5)
Add diced potatoes and saute on high heat for a minute, and then cover and cook for 3-4 minutes until they are 90 percent done (photo 6)
Now, add raw peanut, curry leaves, and green chillies and mix (photo 7) Optional: Raw peanuts are absolutely ones choice to add after you adding roasted and crushed peanuts. As I love the crunch of that crispy peanut, hence the addition of raw peanuts. You can totally skip it.
Add soaked sabudana, salt and gently mix, cook for 4-5 minutes only until the pearls are just translucent. DO stir couple of times but gentlly. Also, do not overook them as they will start sticking to each othermaking a sticky lump. (photo 8)
Finally add, lemon juice and coriander leaves and mix
Sabudana khichdi - is a popular Maharashtrian dish made using tapioca pearls (sago pearls). Sabudana khichadi is a commonly made breakfast recipe that is super simple, quick, gluten free, vegan and extremely delicious
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Gluten Free, Indian, Vegan
Keyword Non Sticky Sabudana Khichdi, Sabudana Khichdi, Sabudana Khichdi Recipe
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Soaking time 7hours
Total Time 20minutes
Author Farrukh Aziz
to prepare sabudana khichadi
2-3green chiliesslit or chopped, you may increase or decrease it as per your liking
1/2cuproasted peanutspeeled and coarsely powdered
2potatoesmedium, peeled and diced into small pieces
Salt to tasteregular salt or sendha namak
2tablespoonspeanut oil or ghee or any refined oil
1.25cup water for soaking Sabudana
how to make sabudana khichdi recipe
To begin with, first, wash the sago pearls for 3-4 times until water runs clear.
Then, soak the sabudana pearls in 1 & 1/4 cup of water overnight.
Now, once the sabudana is soaked well, you will see hardly any water left behind.
Then, add crushed peanut into the sabudana
Gently mix them well and set it aside
Now, heat oil in a pan or kadhai
Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and fry for few seconds.
Add diced potatoes and saute on high heat for a minute
Then cover and cook for 3-4 minutes until they are 90 percent done.
Now, add raw peanut, curry leaves, and green chillie and mix.
Add soaked sabudana, salt and gently mix
Cook for 4-5 minutes only until the pearls are just translucent. Do stir couple of times but gentlly. Also, do not overook them as they will start stcking to each othermaking a sticky lump.
Finally add, lemon juice and coriander leaves and mix. It is ready to serve
Always wash sabudana under running water or 3-4 times to get rid of most of the starch. Soak the sabudana in right amount of water ratio to pearls. Never cook sabudana beyond 4 minutes for best results. These are key point to make non sticky sabudana khichdi
You can add boiled aloo instead of raws ones, that will decrease the cooking time. But, the raw ones works and tastes best when cooked in the recipe.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Total Carbohydrates 47g16%
Dietary Fiber 7g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.